After battling it down from a field of 6,598 the best of the best claimed their seats at the final table and forever will be known as the “October Nine” of the 2012 World Series of Poker. But, who will rise to the occasion, defeat eight of his opponents and snatch away the most coveted title of all: The WSOP Main Event Champion along with the gold and diamond bracelet and this year’s prize payout of $8,527,982.
This year’s Final Nine are:
Seat 1: Russell Thomas – Hartford, CT (24,800,000 in chips)
Seat 2: Jacob Balsiger – Tempe, AZ (13,115,000 in chips)
Seat 3: Jeremy Ausmus – Las Vegas, NV (9,805,000 in chips)
Seat 4: Steven Gee – Sacramento, CA (16,860,000 in chips)
Seat 5: Greg Merson – Laurel, MD (28,725,000 in chips)
Seat 6: Jesse Sylvia – West Tisbury, MA (43,875,000 in chips)
Seat 7: Robert Salaburu – San Antonio, TX (15,155,000 in chips)
Seat 8: Andras Koroknai – Debrecen, Hungary (29,375,000 in chips)
Seat 9: Michael Esposito – Seaford, NY (16,260,000 in chips)
These guys are basking in the biggest limelight of their lives. We’re sure they will be partying big time all summer while anxiously waiting for the final table in October. They then will meet again and try to outplay each other. Each will have their own strategies on how to rake in all the poker chips and be declared the 2012 Main Event WSOP Champion.